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ERIC Number: EJ987805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
Playing the Numbers: Remediation--No Easy Answers
Doyle, William R.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v44 n6 p60-63 2012
Should remediation in higher education be ended? A recent report from Complete College America says exactly that. The authors call for all public institutions of higher education in the United States to stop offering it and instead ensure that students who need extra help take co-requisite requirements, such as extra tutoring. Their recommendations are based on several research findings. The author reviews studies that estimate the impact of remediation on graduation. The author argues that eliminating remediation because many students don't succeed is similar to not performing CPR because so few people are successfully revived. The solution to this problem won't come from a blanket solution like eliminating all developmental coursework. While research is needed to understand the best way to provide students who arrive at college with the skills they need to succeed, simply eliminating remediation because many students don't succeed is likely to result in a further reduction in both access and success. (Contains 3 figures and 7 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States